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Winterthur Group up for sale

Credit Suisse has placed Winterthur life up for sale. If the main group is sold it is likely that UK-based Winterthur Life would be part of a deal says a spokesman for the company.

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Pilot scheme for finance education

The Personal Finance Education Group is launching a pilot project to support the teaching of personal finance in mathematics and personal social health education. It is funded by the Department of Education and Skills. The pilot aims to help year eight pupils develop early stages of financial understanding and to see the relevance of mathematics […]

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